At Grantham Dramatic Society we’re thrilled to open the doors to our new home in a former pub and indoor market on Westgate. The new space, we hope, will become a focal point for the arts and creativity in Grantham and the surrounding areas. GDS has had its own premises in Grantham for many years, most recently at The Old Malthouse on Springfield Road which we occupied for fifteen years. While it was a welcoming space and home-from-home to our members over many years, its limitations had become increasingly apparent. Lacking in floor space, without a kitchen and with poor access for people with disabilities, we had begun to outgrow The Old Malthouse unit.
After considering a variety of properties over several years, GDS’s committee developed a strong relationship with local property owner Buckminster, and identified the former ‘Market Café’ and indoor market as a potential home. GDS proposed that the building should be split, creating a café at the front, and a separate premises at the rear for us. A new chapter for GDS now opens, and hopefully for the arts scene in Grantham. This new space has so many benefits for us, from a large kitchen space for our social and fundraising events, to a rehearsal area that’s large enough to replicate the stage at the Guildhall Arts Centre where we mainly perform. Our vision is to open the space up to other arts, performing and music groups for low-cost hire, creating a hub for the visual and performing arts in the area. Eventually, we even hope to put on performances of our own there.
Buckminster has a long-standing commitment to the development of Grantham’s town centre and the community as a whole and have been a fantastic support to GDS – we’d like to offer them our sincere thanks.
We’re very proud to be the only arts group in the town to have our own premises, but it comes with a lot of hard work, fundraising and maintaining the space. And with this new premises we have the added costs of the extensive renovations needed to bring this vacant building into use. Our members have been working tirelessly to get renovation works underway but there is a huge amount still to do, and we’re hoping that the community will get behind us. That’s why we’ve launched a fundraising campaign to help meet the costs of creating the brilliant new space.
How you can help:
- Visit our online fundraising page to make a donation, all contributions large or small are welcomed: https://www.wonderful.org/appeal/westgateartshub-267d0d26
- Cheques made payable to Grantham Dramatic Society can be sent to us at R/O 85 Westgate, Grantham, NG31 6LE or dropped in to Cafe Leo
- We’re collecting spare change and leftover foreign currency – even if it’s no longer legal tender, such as pre-Euro currency. You can drop it in to our friends at Café Leo
- Own a business? Talk to us about sponsorship opportunities – email email@example.com
- Got skills to share or want to get involved with the renovation work? Get in touch.
Once the first stages of the renovations have been completed we’re planning to hold a drop-in opening event, to which anyone interested in the project will be invited.
Taking part in arts and cultural activities has so many benefits
- An opportunity to be creative
- Developing new skills and confidence
- Reducing isolation and loneliness
- Becoming part of the community
Plus, research shows it can even be good for your health! Supporting us will help us – and other groups – to spread these benefits to more people.
We always welcome new members and encourage people of all backgrounds who are interested in being creative and making new friends to get in touch!
Interested in hiring our space? Get in touch to find out more!